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January 26, 2009

It's Going To Be One Of Those Years

"Call me gullible or impressionable, but I'm actually feeling kind of hopeful this week." -- Sara Nelson, Editor-In-Chief, Publishers Weekly, posted this morning.

"Sara Nelson, the editor in chief of Publishers Weekly, the main trade magazine to the book industry, has been laid off in a restructuring by the publication's parent company, Reed Business Information." -- NYT Arts Beat, posted noonish.

Brian Kenney from School Library Journal will assume Nelson's duties. Nelson was an enthusiastic supporter of the book industry and a public editor, by which I mean she was active on panels and accessible in her role as industry advocate. She is the author of So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading (2004) and had been in her current position four years, during which the magazine greatly expanded its coverage of comics and graphic novels. The cuts come as part of a seven percent reduction at the company. Heidi MacDonald of PW's The Beat says that three other staffers were let go, but their names haven't been released yet.

David Ulin poops on the move here.
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